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Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Gender studies > General

Byzantine Gender (Paperback, New edition): Leonora Neville Byzantine Gender (Paperback, New edition)
Leonora Neville
R381 Discovery Miles 3 810 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
You Be You! - The Kid's Guide to Gender, Sexuality, and Family (Hardcover, Illustrated edition): Jonathan Branfman You Be You! - The Kid's Guide to Gender, Sexuality, and Family (Hardcover, Illustrated edition)
Jonathan Branfman; Illustrated by Julie Benbassat
R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Gold Medal Winner This is an illustrated children's book for ages 7-11 that makes gender identity, sexual orientation and family diversity easy to explain to children. Throughout the book kids learn that there are many kinds of people in the world and that diversity is something to be celebrated. It covers gender, romantic orientation, discrimination, intersectionality, privilege, and how to stand up for what's right. With charming illustrations, clear explanations, and short sections that can be dipped in and out of, this book helps children think about how to create a kinder, more tolerant world.

The Naked Marriage - Undressing the Truth About Sex, Intimacy and Lifelong Love (Paperback): Dave Willis, Ashley Willis The Naked Marriage - Undressing the Truth About Sex, Intimacy and Lifelong Love (Paperback)
Dave Willis, Ashley Willis
R306 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R57 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Psychopathology in Women - Incorporating Gender Perspective into Descriptive Psychopathology (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2019):... Psychopathology in Women - Incorporating Gender Perspective into Descriptive Psychopathology (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2019)
Margarita Saenz Herrero
R5,074 R4,082 Discovery Miles 40 820 Save R992 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book examines sex and gender differences in the causes and expression of medical conditions, including mental health disorders. Sex differences are variations attributable to individual reproductive organs and the XX or XY chromosomal complement. Gender differences are variations that result from biological sex as well as individual self-representation which include psychological, behavioural, and social consequences of an individual's perceived gender. Gender is still a neglected field in psychopathology, and gender differences is often incorrectly used as a synonym of sex differences. A reconsideration of the definition of gender, as the term that subsumes masculinity and femininity, could shed some light on this misperception and could have an effect in the study of health and disease. This second edition of Psychopathology clarifies the anthropological, cultural and social aspects of gender and their impact on mental health disorders. It focuses on gender perspective as a paradigm not only in psychopathology but also in mental health disorders. As such it promotes open mindedness in the definition and perception of symptoms, as well as assumptions about those symptoms, and raises awareness of mental health.

Sociology of Sexualities (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Kathleen J. Fitzgerald, Kandice L Grossman Sociology of Sexualities (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Kathleen J. Fitzgerald, Kandice L Grossman
R1,895 Discovery Miles 18 950 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Sociology of Sexualities takes a unique sociological approach to the study of sexualities and explores the ways sexuality operates in and through institutions. Drawing on the most up-to-date scientific research on sexuality, as well as the latest political developments on the issues, this core text helps readers connect knowledge about sexuality with their broader understanding of society. The thoroughly revised Second Edition includes updated and expanded discussions of the latest sociological research and social justice movements regarding gender and sexuality, as well as a new chapter exploring sexuality and social class, space, and place.

Reynaldo Rivera - Provisional Notes for a Disappeared City (Paperback): Reynaldo Rivera Reynaldo Rivera - Provisional Notes for a Disappeared City (Paperback)
Reynaldo Rivera; Edited by Hedi El Kholti, Lauren Mackler; Contributions by Luis Bauz, Vaginal Davis, …
R707 R556 Discovery Miles 5 560 Save R151 (21%) Pre-order

Photographs by Reynaldo Rivera that document a vanished LA of cheap rent, house parties, subversive fashion, and underground bands, and long-closed gay and transvestite bars. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Reynaldo Rivera took personal photos of the Los Angeles that he lived in and knew: a world of cheap rent, house parties, subversive fashion, underground bands, and a handful of Latino gay and transvestite bars: Mugi's, The Silverlake Lounge, and La Plaza. Most of these bars are long closed and many of the performers have died. But in Rivera's photographs, these men and women live on in a silvery landscape of makeshift old-style cinematic glamour, a fabulous flight from unacceptable reality. As a teenager, Rivera took refuge in used bookstores and thrift stores, where he discovered old photo books of Mexican film stars and the work of Lisette Model, Brassai, and Bresson. Inspired, he bought a camera and began photographing people at his hotel. In 1981 he moved to Echo Park and began taking photos for the LA Weekly. This book is an ensemble of almost 200 images selected by Hedi El Kholti and Lauren Mackler spanning more than two decades in Los Angeles and Mexico. The book also includes Luis Bauz's story, "Tatiana," about one of the subjects of these photographs; a critical essay on Rivera's work by Chris Kraus; and a novella-length conversation between Rivera and his friend and contemporary Vaginal Davis about their lives, work, fantasies, and collective histories.

Marginalisation of Older Men - The Lost Boys (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020): Deborah L. Mulligan Marginalisation of Older Men - The Lost Boys (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020)
Deborah L. Mulligan
R1,281 Discovery Miles 12 810 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

'The Lost Boys offers a useful and comprehensive overview of the challenges that older men face in the early 21st century, especially as shifting aging demographics and related resource restraints problematize this population's capacity to meet fundamental self needs. Deborah Mulligan effectively frames these issues by drawing upon core "threads" from the adult learning, gerontology, and human development literature. The extent to which women are invited to join sheds-and the ramifications that unfold as a result-comprises a valuable exploration that is distinctively foregrounded in this work'. - Brian Hentz, Senior Lecturer, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Marginalisation of Older Men: The Lost Boys focuses on the phenomenon of the marginalisation of older men and the impact of gendered ageing as a pathologic disorder leading to suicide ideation, rather than a celebratory state. In this engaging investigation,Deborah Mulligan explains why and how some older men have become marginalised in society, and the effects of this social isolation. The book offers effective and unique methods for researching marginalised groups and individuals to maximise innovativeness, reciprocity and utility for research participants. Mulligan skilfully articulates and communicates the hitherto unheard voices of older males. These voices represent a vital element in the mitigation of loneliness, social isolation and suicide. The lived experience of these individual men and their peers provides vital health information for older men in both contemporary and future society.

Diners, Dudes, and Diets - How Gender and Power Collide in Food Media and Culture (Paperback): Emily J H Contois Diners, Dudes, and Diets - How Gender and Power Collide in Food Media and Culture (Paperback)
Emily J H Contois
R534 Discovery Miles 5 340 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The phrase "dude food" likely brings to mind a range of images: burgers stacked impossibly high with an assortment of toppings that were themselves once considered a meal; crazed sports fans demolishing plates of radioactively hot wings; barbecued or bacon-wrapped . . . anything. But there is much more to the phenomenon of dude food than what's on the plate. Emily J. H. Contois's provocative book begins with the dude himself - a man who retains a degree of masculine privilege but doesn't meet traditional standards of economic and social success or manly self-control. In the Great Recession's aftermath, dude masculinity collided with food producers and marketers desperate to find new customers. The result was a wave of new diet sodas and yogurts marketed with dude-friendly stereotypes, a transformation of food media, and weight loss programs just for guys. In a work brimming with fresh insights about contemporary American food media and culture, Contois shows how the gendered world of food production and consumption has influenced the way we eat and how food itself is central to the contest over our identities.

Non-consensual Image-based Sexual Offending - Bridging Legal and Psychological Perspectives (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020): Dean... Non-consensual Image-based Sexual Offending - Bridging Legal and Psychological Perspectives (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020)
Dean Fido, Craig A. Harper
R1,281 Discovery Miles 12 810 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book presents a timely analysis of the psychological influences, underpinnings, and predictors of non-consensual image-based sexual offending (NCIBSO), such as revenge pornography, cyber-flashing, deepfake media production and upskirting. In this rapidly expanding field, this book offers a novel perspective that encompasses both a forensic psychoanalytic analysis of offending behaviours and an examination of the influence of our use of online environments and digital platforms on these behaviours. The authors begin by outlining the historical and legal context before moving on to a critique of previously posited motivating factors. Rather than conceptualising NCIBSO in purely gendered terms, they demonstrate the potential for a psychological framework to facilitate a better understanding of how and why people engage in a range of non-consensual sexual image offences. In doing so it will provide fresh insights for policymakers and clinicians, in addition to scholars from across the fields of psychology, sociology, criminology, law, media and gender studies.

Gendering the Middle East (Hardcover, 1st ed): Kandiyoti Gendering the Middle East (Hardcover, 1st ed)
Kandiyoti
R1,088 Discovery Miles 10 880 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Education, Work and Catholic Life - Stories of Three Generations of Australian Mothers and Daughters (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020):... Education, Work and Catholic Life - Stories of Three Generations of Australian Mothers and Daughters (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020)
Anne Keary
R1,645 R1,493 Discovery Miles 14 930 Save R152 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book reports on innovative interdisciplinary research in the field of cultural studies. The study spans the early twentieth to twenty-first centuries and fills a gap in our understanding of how girls' and women's religious identity is shaped by maternal and institutional relations. The unique research focuses on the stories of thirteen groups of Australian mothers and daughters, including the maternal genealogy of the editor of the book. Extended conversations conducted twenty years apart provide a situated approach to locating the everyday practices of women, while the oral storytelling presents a rich portrayal of how these girls and women view themselves and their relationship as mothers and daughters. The book introduces the key themes of education, work and life transitions as they intersect with generational change and continuity, gender and religion, and the non-linear transitional stories are told across the life-course examining how Catholic pasts shaped, and continue to shape, the participants' lives. Adopting a multi-methodological approach to research drawing on photographs, memorabilia passed among mothers and daughters, journal entries and letters, it describes how women's lives are lived in different spaces and negotiated through diverse material and symbolic dimensions.

Life in America - Identity and Everyday Experience (Paperback): Lee Baker Life in America - Identity and Everyday Experience (Paperback)
Lee Baker
R1,149 R1,060 Discovery Miles 10 600 Save R89 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Life in America: Identity and Everyday Experience" is a fascinating collection of readings that explores how people negotiate identity in the United States today. While individuals stitch together complex identities based on everything from the hobbies they enjoy to the neighborhoods in which they live, these identities rarely conform to the quick and routine identification of people by race, gender, and age. By exploring this tension between identity and identification, one can begin to understand how people creatively confront the perks and perils of identity in the United States.

"Life in America "offers a look at a wide range of subjects including: violence and video games, queer pilgrimages to San Francisco, Filipina critiques of "sleeping around," and the significance of "lowriders" in Hispano/Chicano culture. Framed by a lively introduction, this book provides readers with a thoroughly engaging and fascinating look at central issues of identity and what it means to be American.

Testosterone Rex - Myths of Sex, Science, and Society (Paperback): Cordelia Fine Testosterone Rex - Myths of Sex, Science, and Society (Paperback)
Cordelia Fine
R257 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R32 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Many people believe that, at its core, biological sex is a fundamental force in human development. According to this false-yet-familiar story, the divisions between men and women are in nature alone and not part of culture. Drawing on evolutionary science, psychology, neuroscience, endocrinology, and philosophy, Testosterone Rex disproves this ingrained myth and calls for a more equal society based on both sexes' full human potential.

Reclaiming Assia Wevill - Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and the Literary Imagination (Hardcover): Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick Reclaiming Assia Wevill - Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and the Literary Imagination (Hardcover)
Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick
R990 Discovery Miles 9 900 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Reclaiming Assia Wevill: Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and the Literary Imagination reconsiders cultural representations of Assia Wevill (1927- 1969), according her a more significant position than a femme fatale or scapegoat for marital discord and suicide in the lives and works of two major twentieth-century poets. Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick's innovative study combines feminist recovery work with discussions of the power and gendered dynamics that shape literary history. She focuses on how Wevill figures into poems by Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, showing that they often portrayed her in harsh, conflicted, even demeaning terms. Their representations of Wevill established condemnatory narratives that were perpetuated by subsequent critics and biographers and in works of popular culture. In Plath's literary treatments, Goodspeed-Chadwick locates depictions of both desirable and undesirable femininity, conveyed in images of female bodies as beautiful but barren or as vehicles for dangerous, destructive acts. By contrast, Hughes's portrayals illustrate the role Wevill occupied in his life as muse and abject object. His late work Capriccio constitutes a sustained meditation on trauma, in which Hughes confronts Wevill's suicide and her killing of their daughter, Shura. Goodspeed-Chadwick also analyzes Wevill's self-representations by examining artifacts that she authored or on which she collaborated. Finally, she discusses portrayals of Wevill in recent works of literature, film, and television. In the end, Goodspeed-Chadwick shows that Wevill remains an object of both fascination and anger, as she was for Plath, and a figure of attraction and repulsion, as she was for Hughes. Reclaiming Assia Wevill reconsiders its subject's tragic life and lasting impact in regard to perceived gender roles and notions of femininity, power dynamics in heterosexual relationships, and the ways in which psychological traumas impact life, art, and literary imagination.

Lovestruck - Discovering God's Design for Romance, Marriage, and Sexual Intimacy from the Song of Solomon (Paperback):... Lovestruck - Discovering God's Design for Romance, Marriage, and Sexual Intimacy from the Song of Solomon (Paperback)
Sharon Jaynes
R334 R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 Save R95 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Sharon Jaynes, bestselling author, Bible teacher, and cofounder of Girlfriends in God, teaches women how to enjoy God's sacred gift of sexual intimacy without guilt or regret by exploring the beautiful picture given in the Song of Solomon.

Everywhere we turn in our sex-saturated culture we are bombarded by destructive and unrealistic depictions of romance and intimacy. The problem, according to Bible teacher Sharon Jaynes, is not that culture focuses on sex too much but that it values sex too little. Sexual intimacy, as God intended it, is so much more than a physical act. Yet, with the extent of the church's message being "don't do it" before marriage and "don't talk about it" after, how are Christians to understand and practice the wondrous gift of intimacy between a husband and a wife when they so rarely hear biblical teaching about it?

In Lovestruck, Jaynes takes readers back to the Bible's beautiful picture of romantic love, a picture that is explicit but not illicit, sensual but not sordid, daring but not dirty. With the words of Solomon and the Shulamite woman in the Song of Solomon as a backdrop, Jaynes explores topics such as the giving and receiving of pleasure, restoring romance in the mundane, making intimacy a priority, avoiding the dangers of growing indifference, creating time to pull away from life's busyness, and committing to a forever kind of love. When we see the sacred blessings of sexual intimacy in marriage and understand God's original intent, we

Changing Gender Roles and Attitudes to Family Formation in Ireland (Hardcover): Margret Fine-Davis Changing Gender Roles and Attitudes to Family Formation in Ireland (Hardcover)
Margret Fine-Davis
R2,014 R1,817 Discovery Miles 18 170 Save R197 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Recent decades have witnessed major changes in gender roles and family patterns, as well as a falling birth rate in Ireland and the rest of Europe. While the traditional family is now being replaced in many cases by new family forms, we do not know the reasons why people are making the choices they are and whether or not these choices are leading to greater well-being. While demographic research has attempted to explain the new trends in family formation and fertility, there has been little research on people's attitudes to family formation and having children. This book presents the results of the first major study to examine people's attitudes to family formation and childbearing in Ireland. Based on a nationwide representative sample of 1,404 men and women in the childbearing age group, the study was carried out against a backdrop of changing gender role attitudes and behaviour as well as significant demographic change. -- .

Nonbinary - Memoirs of Gender and Identity (Paperback): Micah Rajunov, A Scott Duane Nonbinary - Memoirs of Gender and Identity (Paperback)
Micah Rajunov, A Scott Duane
R516 R410 Discovery Miles 4 100 Save R106 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What happens when your gender doesn't fit neatly into the categories of male or female? Even mundane interactions like filling out a form or using a public bathroom can be a struggle when these designations prove inadequate. In this groundbreaking book, thirty authors highlight how our experiences are shaped by a deeply entrenched gender binary. The powerful first-person narratives of this collection show us a world where gender exists along a spectrum, a web, a multidimensional space. Nuanced storytellers break away from mainstream portrayals of gender diversity, cutting across lines of age, race, ethnicity, ability, class, religion, family, and relationships. From Suzi, who wonders whether she'll ever "feel" like a woman after living fifty years as a man, to Aubri, who grew up in a cash-strapped fundamentalist household, to Sand, who must reconcile the dual roles of trans advocate and therapist, the writers' conceptions of gender are inextricably intertwined with broader systemic issues. Labeled gender outlaws, gender rebels, genderqueer, or simply human, the voices in Nonbinary illustrate what life could be if we allowed the rigid categories of "man" and "woman" to loosen and bend. They speak to everyone who has questioned gender or has paused to wonder, What does it mean to be a man or a woman-and why do we care so much?

Work, Social Status, and Gender in Post-Slavery Mauritania (Paperback): Katherine A. Wiley Work, Social Status, and Gender in Post-Slavery Mauritania (Paperback)
Katherine A. Wiley
R745 R627 Discovery Miles 6 270 Save R118 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Although slavery was legally abolished in 1981 in Mauritania, its legacy lives on in the political, economic, and social discrimination against ex-slaves and their descendants. Katherine Ann Wiley examines the shifting roles of Muslim arain (ex-slaves and their descendants) women, who provide financial support for their families. Wiley uses economic activity as a lens to examine what makes suitable work for women, their trade practices, and how they understand and assert their social positions, social worth, and personal value in their everyday lives. She finds that while genealogy and social hierarchy contributed to status in the past, women today believe that attributes such as wealth, respect, and distance from slavery help to establish social capital. Wiley shows how the legacy of slavery continues to constrain some women even while many of them draw on neoliberal values to connect through kinship, friendship, and professional associations. This powerful ethnography challenges stereotypical views of Muslim women and demonstrates how they work together to navigate social inequality and bring about social change.

Kama Sutra - The First Unabridged Modern Translation of the Classic Indian Text (Paperback, Unabridged): Mallanaga Vatsyayana Kama Sutra - The First Unabridged Modern Translation of the Classic Indian Text (Paperback, Unabridged)
Mallanaga Vatsyayana; Volume editing by Alain Danielou
R466 R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Save R156 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This definitive volume is the first modern translation of Vatsyayana's Kama Sutra to include two essential commentaries: the Jayamangala of Yashodhara and the modern Hindi commentary by Devadatta Shastri. Alain Danilou spent four years comparing versions of the Kama Sutra in Sanskrit, Hindi, Bengali, and English, drawing on his intimate experience of India, to preserve the full explicitness of the original. I wanted to demystify India, he writes, to show that a period of great civilization, of high culture, is forcibly a period of great liberty.

Women and Children as Victims and Offenders: Background, Prevention, Reintegration - Suggestions for Succeeding Generations... Women and Children as Victims and Offenders: Background, Prevention, Reintegration - Suggestions for Succeeding Generations (Volume 2) (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Helmut Kury, Slawomir Redo, Evelyn Shea
R3,574 R2,806 Discovery Miles 28 060 Save R768 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This work compiles experiences and lessons learned in meeting the unique needs of women and children regarding crime prevention and criminal justice, in particular the treatment and social reintegration of offenders and serves as a cross-disciplinary work for academic and policy-making analyses and follow-up in developing and developed countries. Furthermore, it argues for a more humane and effective approach to countering delinquency and crime among future generations. In a world where development positively depends on the rule of law and the related investment security, two global trends may chart the course of development: urbanization and education. Urbanization will globalize the concepts of "justice" and "fairness"; education will be dominated by the urban mindset and digital service economy, just as a culture of lawfulness will. This work looks at crime prevention education as an investment in the sustainable quality of life of succeeding generations, and at those who pursue such crime prevention as the providers of much-needed skills in the educational portfolio. Adopting a reformist approach, this work collects articles with findings and recommendations that may be relevant to domestic and international policymaking, including the United Nations Studies and their educational value for the welfare of coming generations. The books address the relevant United Nations ideas by combining them with academic approaches. Guided by the Editors' respective fields of expertise, and in full recognition of academic freedom and "organized scepticism", it includes contributions by lawyers, criminologists, sociologists and other eminent experts seeking to bridge the gap between academic and policy perspectives, as appropriate, against the international background, including the United Nations developments. The second volume opens with Part IV, which presents articles on different kinds of crime prevention. The effectiveness of punishment and, in particular, imprisonment is examined by contrasting it with alternative sanctions and the following questions are raised: Does harsh punishment have a crime preventive effect? What are the side effects of imprisonment on the offenders and their families? Are alternatives, such as restorative justice or mediation, more effective and cheaper? Part V outlines proactive strategies of crime prevention, e.g. for potential sex offenders or in the domain of internet crime. Part VI envisions a more peaceful and inclusive society, which would be realized by improving the protection of women and children in their everyday life, and easing the reintegration of those who have become offenders. The importance of the role played by the UN in formulating these goals is underlined. The volume concludes with an epilogue of the 70th President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, Martin Sajdik, and a post scriptum of the editors. p>

Making Kin not Population - Reconceiving Generations (Paperback): Adele Clarke, Donna J. Haraway, Donna Haraway Making Kin not Population - Reconceiving Generations (Paperback)
Adele Clarke, Donna J. Haraway, Donna Haraway
R257 R207 Discovery Miles 2 070 Save R50 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

As the planet's human numbers grow and environmental concerns proliferate, natural scientists, economists, and policy-makers are increasingly turning to new and old questions about families and kinship as matters of concern. From government programs designed to fight declining birth rates in Europe and East Asia, to controversial policies seeking to curb population growth in countries where birth rates remain high, to increasing income inequality transnationally, issues of reproduction introduce new and complicated moral and political quandaries. Making Kin Not Population ends the silence on these issues with essays from leading anti-racist, ecologically-concerned, feminist scholars. Though not always in accord, these contributors provide bold analyses of complex issues of intimacy and kinship, from reproductive justice to environmental justice, and from human and nonhuman genocides to new practices for making families and kin. This timely work offers vital proposals for forging innovative personal and public connections in the contemporary world.

Gender in the Twenty-First Century - The Stalled Revolution and the Road to Equality (Paperback): Shannon N Davis, Sarah... Gender in the Twenty-First Century - The Stalled Revolution and the Road to Equality (Paperback)
Shannon N Davis, Sarah Winslow, David J. Maume
R748 R588 Discovery Miles 5 880 Save R160 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How far have we really progressed toward gender equality in the United States? The answer is, "not far enough." This engaging and accessible work, aimed at students studying gender and social inequality, provides new insight into the uneven and stalled nature of the gender revolution in the twenty-first century. Honing in on key institutions-the family, higher education, the workplace, religion, the military, and sports-key scholars in the field look at why gender inequality persists. All contributions are rooted in new and original research and introductory and concluding essays provide a broad overview for students and others new to the field. The volume also explores how to address current inequities through political action, research initiatives, social mobilization, and policy changes. Conceived of as a book for gender and society classes with a mix of exciting, accessible, pointed pieces, Gender in the Twenty-First Century is an ideal book for students and scholars alike.

Lou Sullivan Diaries (1970-1980) and Theories of Sexual Embodiment - Making Sense of Sensing (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Lanei M... Lou Sullivan Diaries (1970-1980) and Theories of Sexual Embodiment - Making Sense of Sensing (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Lanei M Rodemeyer
R2,322 R2,125 Discovery Miles 21 250 Save R197 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book highlights the intersection between theory and lived experience, academic description and the personal narrative of Lou Sullivan. Sullivan puzzled in his diaries over the conundrum of his desire to transition from female to male in order to be a gay man. The reader will follow Sullivan as he struggles with his feelings of maleness, in his troubled relationship with his lover, Tom, through his many sexual escapades, and finally, as he begins taking hormones. Alongside the diaries is an engagement with body and gender theories, accessible to the introductory reader, yet also taking up current debates especially in transgender studies.

Hard-Boiled Masculinities (Paperback): Christopher Breu Hard-Boiled Masculinities (Paperback)
Christopher Breu
R576 Discovery Miles 5 760 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The persona of the American male in the period between the two world wars was characterized by physical strength, emotional detachment, aggressive behavior, and an amoral worldview. This ideal of a hard-boiled masculinity can be seen in the pages and, even more vividly, on the covers of magazines such as "Black Mask," which shifted from Victorian-influenced depictions of men in top hats and mustaches in the early 1920s to the portrayal of much more overtly violent and muscular men.
Looking closely at this transformation, Christopher Breu offers a complex account of how and why hard-boiled masculinity emerged during an unsettled time of increased urbanization and tenuous peace and traces the changes in its cultural conception as it moved back and forth across the divide between high and low culture as well as the color line that bifurcated American society.
Examining the work of Ernest Hemingway, Dashiell Hammett, Chester Himes, and William Faulkner, as well as many lesser-known writers for the hypermasculine pulp magazines of the 1920s and 1930s, Breu illustrates how the tough male was a product of cultural fantasy, one that shored up gender and racial stereotypes as a way of lashing out at the destabilizing effects of capitalism and social transformation.
Christopher Breu is assistant professor of English at Illinois State University.

Indifference to Difference - On Queer Universalism (Paperback): Madhavi Menon Indifference to Difference - On Queer Universalism (Paperback)
Madhavi Menon
R559 R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Save R103 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Indifference to Difference organizes around Alain Badiou's suggestion that, in the face of increasing claims of identitarian specificity, one might consider the politics and practice of being indifferent to difference. Such a politics would be based on the superabundance of desire and its inability to settle into identity. Madhavi Menon shows that if we turn to another kind of universalism-not one that insists we are all different but one that recognizes we are all similar in our powerlessness to contain desire-then difference no longer becomes the focus of our identity. Instead, we enter the worlds of desire. Following up on ideas of sameness and difference that have animated queer theory, Menon argues that what is most queer about indifference is not that it gives us queerness as an identity but that it is able to change queerness into a resistance of ontology. Firmly committed to the detours of desire, queer universalism evades identity. This polemical book demonstrates that queerness is the condition within which we labor. Our desires are not ours to be owned; they are indifferent to our differences.

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